Liverpool International Child Neurodevelopment and Disabilities Group

Our group is focussed on improving outcomes for children's development and for children with disabilities in settings of adversity. This is particularly vital in a global environment where the focus for child health is transitioning away from just looking at child survival, towards how well children are thriving and what their quality of life is like.

Our teams undertake large field studies in a number of global settings looking at the effect of health and social factors on early child development (malaria in pregnancy, nutrition, prematurity, HIV exposure). Our overarching research interests are in the assessment of neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral outcomes in children in global settings and in understanding how this can be done well, at scale and with meaning, and linked with interventions which can be provided in low income settings.

Our People

Professor Melissa Gladstone

Professor in Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics and International Child Health


Dr Maria Magdalena (Malen) Crespo-Llado

Postdoctoral Research Associate (STREAM and REFINE)


Lorna Ginnell

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Kula Leap and Dolphin-2)


Dr Dorcas Magai

Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRECIDE-DYAD)



Dr Karen Martin

Neurodevelopmental Research Fellow (Starting well; feasibility study of identifying and providing support to parents of children born at high risk of cerebral palsy and complex needs in Liverpool)



Dr Mike Eliasz

Academic Clinical Fellow


Dr Amir Kirolos

Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow (long-term outcomes of severe childhood malnutrition)


Limbika Sengani

PhD Candidate (effects of mother-child interactions on child development in HIV-exposed infants)


Anderson Mughogho

PhD Candidate (early identification and intervention of infants at risk of developing Cerebral Palsy)


Dr Rebecca Searle

Neurodevelopmental Fellow in Autism Spectrum Disorder & International Child Health (ASD-OSSDx and BrightSAM)


Kula Leap

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